Why Do You Need Hypnotherapy for Phobias?
If you’ve been living with a phobia for some time, chances are it’s bothering you more than you’d like to admit and that’s why I always recommend hypnotherapy for phobias, above all other options such as coaching, CBT or exposure therapy.
Do you have a phobia? Not sure? What’s going on with your phobia anyway?
The dictionary defines a phobia as
“a compelling fear or dread, especially of a particular object or situation”
What’s Going on with Your Phobia?
Let’s face it, we are not born with phobias or fears so why do they occur and what can we do about it? Phobias are irrational fears that are a lot more extreme than a general feeling of worry or dislike.
We might be fearful of something and that creates a fear response in a part of our brain designed to keep us safe from danger. However, a phobia occurs when there is an irrational fear of circumstances (like a fear of the dark) or objects (like mice).
How Can Hypnotherapy Help Your Phobia?
Even though frightening, the phobic reaction has often been established by the subconscious part of our brain to protect us from that perceived threat. The sufferer experiences a strong psychological reaction if and when they are exposed to the phobic trigger. For some, simply thinking about their fear is sufficient for a severe sufferer to actually feel anxious and panicky.
That’s why we’re scared of horror films! It doesn’t have to be real – it can be ‘perceived’ as a threat and that’s where hypnotherapy for phobias is really helpful.
Because hypnotherapy guides you into a relaxed state of mind, it means that hypnotherapy for phobias works by gently accessing the underlying cause of the phobia and eliminating the any associated conditioned response.
Some signs of a phobia can be:
- Fast heart beat
- Shortness of breath
- Shaking or trembling
- Hot flush or sweating
- Feeling dizzy or nauseous
Often when people come to see me for hypnotherapy for phobias, they say others in their lives have said they are being silly. This is because others do not perceive the trigger as posing the same level of threat or danger. However, a phobia or fear is not something we can just switch off or stop reacting to!
Can we Get Used to Living with Phobias?
Sometimes a person may find a way to live with a phobia by avoiding situations where they may be exposed to the fear. They might get their partner to remove the spider! They may organize their life around the fear, like the person I saw who travelled for days over land just to go on holiday and avoid flying! Maybe they just cope somehow, but not exposing themselves very often … like having the fear of the dentist, where a person just doesn’t go or manages (sometimes badly) with the twice yearly visits. Sometimes a person my just avoid or restrict their lives, like a person with agoraphobia who avoids going out.
How Do You Use Hypnotherapy for Phobias?
Phobias are really common and the majority of them are quite easy to resolve. People with phobias usually respond quickly and very well to the use of hypnotherapy for phobias because it works on the subconscious where the root beliefs reside.
Hypnotherapy for phobias uses relaxation strategies to help with the anxiety that is raised then desensitise the situation. This enables you to receiving the hypnotherapy for phobias treatment to get into your subconscious, sometimes we can identify the root of the phobia and overcome it.
For many people hypnotherapy offers a way to get rid of a phobia quickly and easily regardless of how long they have had the problem.
So, if you’ve been struggling in some area of life because of a phobia, perhaps now is the appropriate time to get it sorted for good.
Hi, I’m Emma, Hypnotherapist in York with a particular interest in helping you with anxiety, stress, fears and phobias so that you can take back control of your thoughts and feelings. That way you can quickly and easily feel more able to cope with your busy life! There are no magic wands or quick fixes instead I give you personalised tools that work for you and fit with your lifestyle.
So, are you ready to let go of that old anxiety, fear or phobia? Do you want to live a happier, stress free life? Book your complimentary consultation here and find out how you can reach your goals and really enjoy life!
Find out more about hypnotherapy here and read about testimonials from people I have worked with on phobias and fears.